March 24, 2010

In re our Great Leap Forward; that being particularly "Health Care Reform."

It is quite dismaying to me that so many of my fellow Americans display such anti-intellectual buffoonery when comes up the subject of anything remotely resembling Europeanism.

Friends, it is time we embrace the deep, critical thinking of our Continental forebears (and dare I say, our betters) and recognize that sometimes they simply know things in a finer and deeper way than our sad little provincial minds are able to grasp.

I know some of you mouth-breathing, tea-bothered troglodytes may find it unfathomable, but maybe you should listen a bit to what the British, and GASP...the FRENCH (quelle horreur!) have to say about the bright future of our new order:

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
Winston Churchill

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.
Alexis de Tocqueville


Posted by Terry Oglesby at March 24, 2010 10:43 PM

Terry, if I didn't know better, I'd say you were making fun of- yes, even *mocking*- the fine people who know what's good for all of us better than we do. Good thing I know better, since *if* that were the case, odds are, you'd also be involved in a violent plot like all the rest of them. *Shaking head* Barbarians!

Posted by: Lenise at March 25, 2010 06:59 PM

I!? A mocker!? O, heaven (of the most inclusive, non-Bible-thumping sort) forbid!

I would never suggest that we are in anything but the very BEST of hands. With the clean and articulate leadership we now have in place, we can all look forward to the day when every American will be able to call him and/or herself a millionaire.

Yep, we'll probably even have to go buy new wheelbarrows, just so we can fill them full of cash and push them to to the grocery store to buy a loaf of bread!

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at March 25, 2010 08:41 PM

Pretty fierce talk for a guy with a gubmint job.

Posted by: Janis Gore at March 26, 2010 06:29 PM

Yeah, you and the gubmint job have been in my prayers. I don't know where it will end, but the gravy train is running out of lumps. Every level [local-state-federal] will have no choice but to cut services. There's a lot of folks scrambling now, and I just don't see it getting better this year.

Well, back to the post point ... I'll repeat something I posted back at Spudlets from Paul Ryan (R-Wis) about a week ago:
"The philosophy advanced on this floor by this majority today is so paternalistic and so arrogant, itís condescending, and it tramples upon the principles that have made America so exceptional. My friends, we are fast approaching a tipping point where more Americans depend upon the federal government than upon themselves for their livelihoods ó a point where we, the American people, trade in our commitment and our concern for our individual liberties in exchange for government benefits and dependencies."

Even after a week it still feels like a bad dream. I can't believe it actually happened. What have we given our children? I hope they can forgive us, as we'll need them to help us change our Depends some day.

Posted by: Marc V at March 27, 2010 01:41 PM

And now for something completely different ...
Man tries to revive dead possum
Is that like trying to beat a dead horse?

Posted by: Marc V at March 27, 2010 01:43 PM

Umm, here's the link, as it seems like my HTML code did not take:

Or you can try here:

Posted by: Marc V at March 27, 2010 01:47 PM

Well the only thing is, the government I work for doesn't have the ability to print money, and by law must have a balanced budget. Unlike people, governments are not created equal.

At least I still live in a country where a drunk guy will try to revive a dead possum.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at March 28, 2010 06:23 AM

Don't get me wrong. I think the timing of this bill is miserable, and I can't see anything good about it, for me or anyone I know.

Posted by: Janis Gore at March 28, 2010 10:26 AM

Not a reform, but a recommendation that I would give based on my recent experiences with a veteran and health care, is for veterans with the least quirk to enroll and visit the local veterans clinic or hospital.

Quirk, I'm saying. Not necessarily a snotty nose.

Their doctors, the big ones, will know better what the implications were of being in the field.

That persistent low temperature and the nosebleeds that Charles experienced early in his illness might have clued VA doctors in sooner, and kept him off his deathbed.

Did I tell you that I called my brothers and sister in to Jackson because the hospitalist thought hospice was the way to go?

Posted by: Janis Gore at March 29, 2010 09:52 AM

Would have saved United Health a ton of money.

Posted by: Janis Gore at March 29, 2010 09:54 AM

I guess that's my biggest beef--"health care reform" does vanishingly little in the way of health, care, or reform. It's almost as if that didn't have anything to do with it...

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at March 29, 2010 11:25 AM

Low high temperature, I mean, 100.6, say.

Posted by: Janis Gore at March 29, 2010 11:38 AM

That's what I see. No one at Dave Schuler's site is telling me where the fines go. Steve Verdon, I'm pretty confident, would tell me.

What about putting up a big catastrophic fund where we all put in a reasonable amount of dollars based on age?

I know I took my first insurance policy when I was about 20 and working as a waitress. Promptly, someone flew threw an intersection and hit the car I was riding in. We were right, but not less injured.

Posted by: Janis Gore at March 29, 2010 11:55 AM

Hmph. What did either Churchill or De Tocqueville know abut Democracy? Or defending same?

I predict you'll all be fine with government healthcare, as long as you don't get sick and you don't need your own money.

Posted by: skinnydan at April 1, 2010 10:03 AM

A big pool of money is a good idea--that's what insurance is. However, a big pool of money controlled by someone who has the ability to mess with it without fear of being sued or jailed for theft is a recipe for what's already happened with Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and just about anything else you can think of. That big pool is too tempting to swim in. And pee in.

As for predictions, I predict that one day we'll all look back on this and have a wonderful chuckle.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 1, 2010 11:55 AM

What does your sister say?

Posted by: Janis Gore at April 2, 2010 08:59 AM

As far as I can tell, I get hit as an individual and as a small business owner. Also, my employees get nailed. What could be better?

Posted by: Larry Anderson at April 6, 2010 11:07 AM

Well, Larry, given the incentives, it seems that you're being encouraged to not be a small business owner. Or an employee. Or an individual.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 6, 2010 12:38 PM

I see that the Obama adminstration is considering value added tax. An extra 14-15% added to every price should do wonders for sales.

I wonder if the VAT will apply to medical insurance.

Posted by: Larry Anderson at April 7, 2010 04:40 PM

I'm just happy that there won't be a tax increase of any sort for any family earning under $250,000 a year!

(Of course, once inflation sets in good and hard, there won't be anyone earning under $250,000 a year.)

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 7, 2010 10:32 PM

Silly. Everyone will be making $250 MILLION a year. Even BILLION if you want! And The One will actually deliver on the promised Ponies and Ice Cream!

Don't worry. The Rich will pay for it all. Oh, sure, you'll need a few extra million to pay for a loaf of bread, but it's a small price to pay.

Posted by: skinnydan at April 8, 2010 08:44 AM

I like ponies and ice cream! They're delicious!

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 8, 2010 09:18 AM

I'd say all you folks were pessimists if your outlooks were not more positive than mine.

Posted by: Larry Anderson at April 8, 2010 03:27 PM

What's not to be optimistic about!? We've been given Hope! And Change! And it's all free!

So, you know, yeah.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 8, 2010 04:06 PM